A 10-YEAR-OLD boy has invented a device to prevent infants dying in overheated cars.
Bishop Curry V is currently in the design stages of his product, Oasis, which works by detecting whether a child has been left in a car and then blowing cold air on the baby to prevent the child from overheating until the parents and/or authorities arrive.
The device attaches to a car seat (or an actual seat), and also alerts police and parents by text that a child is trapped.
Bishop explained to his local NBC news station that he was driven to invent a solution after he heard about a baby dying in a hot minivan last year, just outside a home in Melissa, Texas
“I heard about babies dying in car seats and they could have grown up to be somebody important,” the middle-schooler told Toyota, who was informed of the invention by Bishop’s proud dad who works as an operational excellence officer for the car giant. “It makes me pretty upset.”
The Curry family has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed to get Bishop’s invention patented and move into the manufacturing stage.
Each year, approximately 37 children die (on average) of heat-related deaths after being left inside vehicles in the US.
With Toyota’s involvement, hopefully Bishop’s device (or one like it) will become standard issue for any parent of young children.